NENSA is proud to offer seven competitive rollerski races this summer and fall. This is the fifth season NENSA has offered rollerski racing to complement winter programming and create year round events. When we design each years schedule we aim to complement high level racing experiences for elite athletes with something for all comers — this year we are excited to again offer three hill climb events. In conjunction with the racing we have also expanded our Learn to Rollerski clinic offerings.
NENSA is thrilled to announce that Supporting Sponsor, Cabot Cheese, will be supplying Podium Cheese for Juniors, Open and Masters throughout the Series. You will also notice some new inflatable animals that will make the journey with NENSA across the Eastern region!
Top competitors in the individual events will use our matched fleet of Swenor Rollerskis, which create a level playing field and provide, The Ultimate Ski Feeling.
There will certainly be developments and updates to the Series in the coming weeks, so start planning and we look forward to seeing you out there!
The racing action starts in Craftsbury, Vermont on July 3rd with the Lost Nation Roll. This individual freestyle race has three options with a 5.6km for U16, 11.2km for open skiers and a 7.5km intermediate option. The race is being held in conjunction with the Eastern Regional Elite Group Camp (REG) and the basis of the field will include 42 of the top juniors from throughout the East. Green Racing Project and SMST2 athletes are also slated to be in attendance. While the competition will be worthy of spectating the addition of an intermediate race and a Learn to Rollerski clinic in the afternoon make this event complete.
In late August we will return to Rollins State Park for the first hillclimb of the series. The Rollins Roll is a beautiful 5.6km hill climb up Kearsarge Mountain outside Warner, New Hampshire. The race starts at 8am before the park is open and registration is limited to 75 people. Please note that skiers should plan on carpooling and ideally have a driver drop them at bib pickup / warm up area before proceeding to park at the summit. This is the first of three hill climbs (placement for best 2 of 3 finishes) for our Masters Climbing Award presented by Allagash Brewing Company.
On September 18th we return to the Ethan Allen Rollerski Track in Jericho, Vermont for the FreeFall interval start freestyle race. This is typically one of our best attended events of the series with a wonderful closed loop. Many junior clubs and college programs are usually in attendance. Please note the event is hosted on a military base and speed limits must be strictly adhered to.
FreeFall Registration (to open soon)
Last year NENSA hosted two sprint competitions on the newest rollerski track in the East. Mt. VanHoevenberg went through world class renovations in the past two years with a new trail system including a sporty rollerski track. This track allowed for the first open heat competitions on rollerskis in the East. After qualification racers compete in a head to head format in heats of four. To add to the spice NENSA’s rollerski ramps are utilized strategically on the course. Final formats, including an intermediate race option will be announced soon.
Keys to the Castle Registration (to open soon)
Perhaps the most storied of the races in the series, NENSA began collaborating with the New York Ski Educational Foundation (NYSEF) in 2018 to host this awesome five mile climb. While USST and USBA athletes have been highlighted over the years, it’s also historically the most well attended masters event. The 2022 C2C race will be the second event of the Allagash Brewing Masters Climbing Award. In 2021 the format was switched from mass start to wave start to spread out skiers on the road and provide more exciting racing. We are also exploring a shortened race for juniors and adaptive athletes.
Climb to the Castle Registration (to open soon)
On Sunday morning October 23rd NENSA will be hosting the third edition of the first Rollerski Cross Country Cross event (XCX) in the world. This exciting summer version of Cross Country Cross (XCX) builds on aspects of both sprinting and agility. The event will take place at Pineland Farms in New Gloucester, Maine. The course will be set on a 400 meter loop including multiple ramps (Bicycle(s), Speed Whoop, and Step Down Jump) and other agility components including a figure 8, one-legged balance, grass skiing, and several turning features including a slalom. Skiers should be prepared for a course under 2 minutes in length with sections of open skiing including a finish straight.
The Maine Event Registration (to open soon)
NENSA and the Berkshire Nordic Ski Club are excited to welcome you back to Mount Greylock, Massachusetts for this iconic rollerski race. This classic hill climb will be interval start with options for a 3 mile and 8 mile course with spectacular finish at the summit of the highest point in Massachusetts. The toll road will be closed for the season during this event. This is the final event of the Series and the Allagash Masters Champions will be crowned at awards.
Mt. Greylock Hill Climb Registration (to open soon)